After the previous classic Halloween episode, it would be hard to come up with something "timeless." This episode acheives "pretty good."
Cheap Julius wakes up to his wife's insisting on getting a new television. Their trip to the appliance store is a means of exposing his wife's penchant for credit purchases. His being so easily manipulated was a little predictable, but humorous all the same.
Chris suffers sleep deprivation because he spends so much time on the bus. With his parents off looking for a new TV, he is assinged to take his brother and sister to the laundromat. Chris fights with his sister is realistic. His brother's effect on the ladies is not. Rocky gets played on the new tv, or as Julius calls it "Apollo," and brother and sister make up. Everything is ok in the world. At least until Chris hears his mother's scream after she finds out that he has shrunk all the clothes.